Jeffrey Benjamin Wendelken…attended Middle Georgia State College…was named the 2012 GCAA Player of the Year.
With the exception of a four-day stint on the injured list at the end of the season, he spent the entire year with the A’s…was 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA and .183 opponents batting average in 21 relief appearances…issued a career-high 11 walks for a .267 on-base percentage…struck out 31 batters in 25.0 innings (11.16 per nine innings) and tied for sixth among relievers in the West divisions in strikeouts…his ERA ranked seventh…tied for 10th among all Major League relievers in opponents grounded into double plays (4)…first batters faced were 1-for-19 with no extra base hits and two walks…had the fourth lowest opponents slugging percentage against first batters in the majors (.053), the fifth lowest OPS (.195), tied for the fifth lowest batting average (.053) and tied for the sixth lowest on-base percentage (.143)…now has a .156 career average against first batters with five walks in 69 games (.217 on-base percentage)…allowed 8-of-25 (32.0%) inherited runners to score…the inherited runners were the most in the majors and the runners scored tied for third most…has allowed 19-of-50 (38.0%) inherited runners to score in his career…his opponents batting average broke down to .175 (10-for-57) against right-handed hitters compared to .194 (7-for-36) against left-handers…yielded three of his five extra base hits and issued seven of his 11 walks to lefties for a .659 OPS (.471) against righties…opponents were 0-for-14 with no walks and six strikeouts when leading off an inning…allowed a .200 average with runners in scoring position, but opponents were 1-for-18 (.056) with RISP and two outs…had a .111 opponents average overall with no outs, .294 with all five of his extra base hits with one out and .125 with two outs…now has a .164 career average with two outs…did not allow a hit to the opponents number five hitter for the second consecutive season (0-for-13)…the five hitter was 0-for-12 last year and is 2-for-36 (.056) against him in his career…compiled a 1.26 ERA at home, 2.53 on the road… did not allow an earned run after the sixth inning (12.1 ip)…committed two errors in three total chances and tied for third in the majors among pitchers in most errors…had five outings of two or more innings and seven of fewer than one inning…did not allow an earned run in 19 of his 21 appearances.
OAKLAND: Was on the A’s Opening Day roster and did not allow a run over his first four games (3.0 ip)…struck out a season-high three batters July 28 against Colorado, his first of four games with three strikeouts…tossed a season-high 3.0 innings and allowed a season-high two hits Aug. 7 against Houston…allowed his first run of the season that night against the Astros in the 13th inning when the runner that started the inning on second scored…it was the first run he allowed since May 4, 2019 and it snapped his scoreless streak at a career-high tying 17.2 innings (also July 24, 2018 to March 30, 2019)…then yielded a season-high three runs and issued a season-high two walks in 0.2 innings in his next outing Aug. 10 at Los Angeles (AL)…had an 11.0-inning scoreless streak from Aug. 14 to Sept. 8…the streak ended when he allowed an unearned run in the seventh inning of the second game of the Sept. 8 doubleheader against Houston…has three career scoreless streaks of 10 or more innings and all have ended on an unearned run…logged a season-high 33 pitches in the game against the Astros (also Sept. 22 at Los Angeles-NL)…had his streak of 15.1 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run end on Sept. 20 against San Francisco when he allowed a grand slam to Crawford in the sixth inning…opponents were just 8-for-54 (.148) during the streak…was placed on the injured list Sept. 24 and finished September with a 1.54 ERA and .125 opponents batting average in nine appearances…was reinstated for the postseason and compiled a 3.86 ERA in four appearances…did not allow a run in two ALWCS outings against Chicago (3.2 ip, 1 h, 3 so)…allowed six runs, two earned, in 1.0 inning in two ALDS games against Houston…was charged with four unearned runs in 0.2 innings in Game 1 for the blown save and loss.
Was 3-1 with a 3.58 ERA and .178 opponents batting average in 27 relief appearances over four stints with Oakland…the 27 games were a career high as he had just 21 appearances over his previous two seasons in the majors…struck out 34 batters in 32.2 innings (9.37 per nine innings) and surrendered just two home runs (0.55 per nine innings)…was on the A's Opening Day roster and posted a 5.57 ERA and .243 opponents batting average in 18 relief appearances before he was optioned to Las Vegas May 12…did not allow a run in nine games over his final three stints (11.2 innings) and opponents went 1-for-35 (.029) with no extra base hits, three walks and a hit by pitch (.128 on-base percentage)…his opponents batting average broke down to .160 (8-for-50) against left-handed hitters compared to .191 (13-for-68) against right-handers…yielded a .188 average with runners in scoring position but that jumped to .278 with RISP and two outs…first batters faced were 3-for-25 (.120) with two walks (.185 on-base percentage)…has a .200 average and .250 on-base percentage against first batters in his career…allowed 2-of-14 (14.3%) inherited runners to score after allowing 9-of-11 (81.8%) to score over his first two years…opponents hit .237 with no outs, .150 with one or two out…had a 0.84 ERA in eight games on one day of rest, a 4.91 ERA in his other 19 appearances…now has a 0.66 ERA in 10 career appearances on one day rest…had a 1.72 ERA at home, 5.29 on the road…logged a 4.80 ERA during the day, 2.55 at night…now has a 6.29 ERA in 20 career day games compared to 2.63 in 28 outings at night…had a 1.69 ERA in 11 games against American League West competition…did not allow a hit to the opponent's number five hitter (0-for-12)…tossed at least one inning in 21 of his 27 appearances.
OAKLAND: Was on his first career Opening Day roster and tossed 2.0 perfect innings of relief on Opening Day against Seattle at Tokyo on March 20…did not allow a run in the seventh inning of his second outing on March 30 against Los Angeles (AL), extending his scoreless streak to a career-high 17.2 innings dating back to July 24, 2018…tossed a career-high 3.1 scoreless innings and struck out a career-high four batters April 7 at Houston…had a 1.59 ERA over his first seven games through April 10…then logged a 10.24 ERA and .310 opponents batting average over his next 11 games before he was optioned to Las Vegas May 12…yielded a season-high three runs
in back-to-back outings on May 1 at Boston and May 4 at Pittsburgh…allowed a career-high tying four hits in the latter contest…tossed a scoreless inning of relief in his final outing before his option on May 9 against Cincinnati…did not allow a run in nine games over his final three stints (11.2 ip), giving him a season-ending 12.2 inning scoreless streak…opponents went 1-for-35 (.029) with three walks and a hit by pitch over his final three stints and he had a streak of 10.0 consecutive hitless innings from May 19 to Sept. 18…was recalled for his second stint on June 21 and did not allow a run in two games (2.2 innings) before he was sent back to Las Vegas June 26…recorded his first Major League win June 25 at St. Louis when he tossed 0.2 scoreless innings… relieved Bassitt with one out in the fourth inning and the A's trailing 3-1…stranded two inherited runners and was credited with the win after Oakland scored six times in the top of the fifth…was
brought back July 6 and matched his career-high with four strikeouts in 2.0 perfect innings of relief at Seattle that day…that was his only outing before he was sent back to Las Vegas following the game on July 14…joined the A's for the fourth time on Sept. 6 and had five scoreless outings in September (6.0 ip, 1 h, 2 bb, 4 so)…was on the A's roster for the Wild Card game for the second consecutive season but did not pitch for the second consecutive year.
LAS VEGAS: Was 6-3 with three saves and a minor league career-high 5.59 ERA in 30 games, including one start, with Triple-A Las Vegas…struck out 43 batters in 38.2 innings (10.01 per nine innings)…had a .297 opponents batting average, which broke down to .283 (28-for-99) against right-handed hitters compared to .322 (19-for-59) against left-handers…yielded a .351 average with runners in scoring position…five of the eight home runs he allowed were solo shots…was 4-1 with a 4.58 ERA in 14 games at home, 2-2 with a 6.63 ERA in 16 outings on the road…had a 4.34 ERA in 22 night games, a 9.31 ERA in eight appearances during the day…tossed at least one inning in 27 of his 30 appearances and did not walk a batter 19 times…made his first appearance with the Aviators May 14 against Tacoma…then made his lone start of the season in his next outing in the second game of a May 19 doubleheader at Salt Lake…allowed a season-high
five runs on a season-high four hits in a season-low 0.1 innings and took the loss…struck out a season-high six batters in a season-high 3.0 innings June 5 against Round Rock…allowed at least one run in seven of his first 10 outings through June 9 for an 8.36 ERA…then had three consecutive scoreless outings from June 13 to 18 (4.1 ip) and had a 6.38 ERA in 14 games overall when he returned to Oakland on June 21…did not surrender a run in two appearances during his second stint from June 26 to July 5 (2.0 ip)…posted a 5.40 ERA during his final stint that ran from July 15 through the end of the season…was credited with his first of three saves July 23 against El Paso
(also Aug. 10 at Omaha and Aug. 23 at Tacoma)…issued a season-high three walks Aug. 5 against Oklahoma City…made one postseason appearance in Game 1 of the Pacific Coast League Semifinals at Sacramento on Sept. 4 and retired the side in order in the ninth inning of the Aviators 9-3 win (1.0 ip, 1 so).
Began his comeback from UCL reconstruction surgery on his right elbow at Double-A Midland, was promoted to Triple-A Nashville May 10 and eventually compiled a 0.54 ERA and .140 opponents batting average in 13 relief appearances over two stints with Oakland…his ERA was the lowest in the majors among pitchers with 10 or more innings…using the same minimum, it was third lowest in Oakland history (Mike Norris, 0.00 in 1975; Brad Kilby, 0.53 in 2009)…however, allowed 4-of-5 (80.0%) inherited runners to score and has allowed 9-of-11 (81.8%) to score in his career…first batters faced were 3-for-12 (.250) with a walk (.308 on-percentage), double and home run (.583 slugging percentage)…his opponents batting average included a mark of .080 (2-for-25) against left-handed hitters compared to .188 (6-for-32) against right-handers…opponents were 2-for-14 (.143) with runners in scoring position…allowed his only run when pitching on no days rest…did not allow a run in 11 games and 14.1 innings on one day of rest or more… did not allow a run in six games and 7.1 innings at home …did not allow a hit to the opponents number four (0-for-7), five (0-for-4), eight (0-for-8) or nine (0-for-5) hitters in the order…did not allow a run in 12 of his 13 appearances…tossed at least one inning 11 times…was selected from Nashville July 14 and tossed 0.2 scoreless innings July 20 against San Francisco for his first outing in the majors since Sept. 15, 2016 at Kansas City…allowed his only run July 24 at Texas…finished the season with a career-high 14.2-inning scoreless streak…struck out a career-high tying three batters July 27 at Colorado, Aug. 30 against Seattle and Sept. 26 at Seattle…had a 1.59 ERA and .190 opponents batting average in five outings when he was optioned back to Nashville Aug. 7… returned to Oakland Aug. 30 and did not allow a run in eight games over his final stint (11.0 ip, 4 h, 1 bb, 7 so, .111 opponents batting average)…tossed a career-high tying 3.0 scoreless innings Aug. 30 against Seattle…was on the A's roster for the Wild Card game but did not pitch.
MINORS: Started the season at Midland and was 0-1 with three saves and a 3.38 ERA in 11 relief appearances with the RockHounds when he was promoted to Nashville May 10…was 1-1 with three saves and a 2.80 ERA in 22 games, including one start, with the Sounds…combined for a 1-2 record, six saves and a 2.96 ERA in 33 games overall in the minors…struck out 75 batters in 48.2 innings, an average of 13.87 per nine innings…walked 20 for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.75…tied for seventh in the A's farm system in saves…allowed a .222 opponents batting average, including .197 (14-for-71) against left-handed hitters compared to .239 (26-for-109) against right-handers…yielded a .196 average with runners in scoring position…converted each of his six save opportunities but allowed 6-of-8 (75.0%) inherited runners to score…posted a 0.66 ERA in nine games at home with Nashville…tossed at least one inning in 31 of his 33 appearances, including two or more 12 times…earned all three of his saves at Midland over his first four appearances…issued a season-high three walks in 1.0 innings April 17 at Tulsa but earned his third save…was promoted to Nashville May 10 and tossed a scoreless inning in his first outing May 11 against Colorado Springs…then allowed a season-high four runs on a season-high four hits while retiring just one batter in his next outing May 15 at Memphis…had a season-high 12.2-inning scoreless streak from May 18 to June 8…tossed a season-high 3.0 innings in backto-back outings on June 3 at Round Rock and June 8 against Tacoma…made his lone start of the season in the latter contest and struck out a season-high seven…had a 2.50 ERA over his first nine games through June 13…then allowed five runs on six hits in 2.2 innings over his next two outings…recorded all three of his saves over a four-game stretch from June 27 to July 12…had a 3.49 ERA in 17 games with the Sounds when he was promoted to Oakland July 14…was optioned back to Nashville Aug. 6 but did not pitch before going on the disabled list Aug. 8 with a ruptured ear drum…was reinstated from the DL Aug. 16 and did not allow a run in five games (7.0 ip) before returning to Oakland Aug. 30.
Began the season at Double-A Birmingham and was 6-2 with five saves and a 2.72 ERA in 27 games when he was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte July 25…had no decisions and a 4.50 ERA in 12 games with the Knights and combined for a 3.20 ERA in a career-high 39 appearances overall…struck out 69 batters in 59.0 innings (10.53 per nine innings) and walked just 16 for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.31…allowed a .221 opponents batting average, including .213 (20-for-94) against left-handed hitters compared to .227 (30-for-132) against right-handers…yielded a .105 average with runners in scoring position with Birmingham but had a .316 mark at Charlotte for a .175 average overall…allowed 2-of-14 (14.3%) inherited runners to score…converted 5-of-7 (71.4%) save opportunities, all with the Barons… surrendered just one run in 10 day games (16.0 ip, 0.56 ERA)…tossed at least one inning in 37 of his 39 appearances, including two or more 15 times.
Spent the entire season in the starting rotation at Class A Winston-Salem and went 7-10 with a 5.25 ERA in 27 starts…those are the only starts of his career…ranked third in the Carolina League in strikeouts (129) and games started and fourth in innings pitched (145.2)…led the league in hits (181), runs (105), earned runs (85) and home runs (15)…the runs tied for fifth most in all of minor league baseball…issued just 33 walks and his average of 2.04 walks per nine innings was third lowest among CL starting pitchers…was 5-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 14 starts before the All-Star Break…then went 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA in 13 starts after the break…allowed a .304 opponents batting average, including .275 against right-handed hitters compared to .349 against left-handers…tied for the lead among CL pitchers with 12 putouts…walked two batters or fewer in 25 of his 27 starts…had a three-game winning streak from April 9 to 27…logged a 3.86 ERA over that four-start stretch…struck out 10 batters in 6.0 innings May 9 at Frederick, his first of two games with 10 or more strikeouts…issued just one free pass in that game, giving him four walks over his first seven starts and 40.1 innings…tossed a seven-inning complete game June 10 against Wilmington, a three-hitter in an 8-2 Dash win…walked one and struck out three…was 5-7 with a 5.02 ERA in 18 starts when he was placed on the disabled list July 9 with a strained muscle in his back…was reinstated July 19 and went 2-3 with a 5.74 ERA in nine starts following his return… struck out a season-high 13 batters and tossed 7.0 scoreless innings to defeat Frederick July 30…was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week on Aug. 4 for his efforts.
Began the season at Class A Greenville in the Boston Red Sox organization and was 2-0 with 10 saves and a 2.77 ERA in 27 appearances when he was dealt to the Chicago White Sox organization July 30 as part of the Jake Peavy trade…went 0-1 with two saves and a 9.64 ERA in three games with Class A Kannapolis and 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA in six games with Single-A Winston-Salem…combined for a 2-2 record, 12 saves and a 3.42 ERA in 36 appearances overall, all in relief…allowed a .257 opponents batting average, including .244 against left-handed hitters compared to .266 with all five of his home runs against right-handers…all five of his home runs were solo shots…converted 12-of-13 (92.3%) save opportunities, including all 11 at Greenville…allowed 7-of-9 (77.8%) inherited runners to score, including all six at Greenville…tossed at least one inning in 34 of his 36 appearances, including 3.0 or more 13 times…struck out a season-high seven batters in 4.0 innings, May 24 at Charleston… recorded seven of his 10 saves over a 10-game stretch from May 24 to July 9 (1.35 ERA)…had a 1.80 ERA in six games in June and a 1.80 ERA in seven games in July…was assigned to Kannapolis following the July 30 trade and stuck out a season-high tying seven batters in 3.0 innings in his second outing Aug. 5 at Greenville…was promoted to Winston-Salem Aug. 11 and struck out 16 batters in 9.1 innings in six appearances with the Dash.
Made his professional debut with the Red Sox affiliate in the Gulf Coast League and went 2-0 with two saves and a 1.27 ERA in 13 relief appearances…struck out 28 and walked just three in 21.1 innings for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 9.33…did not surrender a home run…allowed a .147 opponents batting average, including .080 against left-handed hitters and .180 against right-handers…tossed 2.0 scoreless innings July 13 against the Orioles for his first win…added 2.0 scoreless frames in his next outing July 16 against the Rays for his first save…made one postseason appearance and did not allow a run in 1.2 innings (2 h, 1 bb, 1 so).